Poetry and The Fiery Trial

Learning Targets:

  • make meaning of a poem, based on my prior knowledge and research into the subject matter.
  • define the meaning of words and phrases in the poem, not just literal but more metaphorical or symbolic meaning.
  • explain my ideas of what a poem means, supporting my ideas with specific evidence and examples from the poem itself.
  • use Notice and Note Signposts to help me make meaning of a poem.

Explore poetry in slavery and slavery in poetry to not only learn more about the American story of slavery, but also to build your literary analysis skills.

Read, annotate, and discuss the poem you’ve been assigned.

You can learn more about the poet you’ve been assigned on the Poets and Poems in the Fiery Trial page. Click on the poet’s name for information about the poet.

Feel free to utilize the resources on the Slavery in Poetry page.

As you read, annotate, and discuss, consider…

  • What do you see in this poem?
  • What do you think it means?
  • Why do you think it’s important?
  • How and why does it tell America’s story?

Also feel free to add to your “Exam Notes,” your Found Poetry word bank, and our Power Lines display!


Poets and Poems in the Fiery Trial

Slavery in Poetry

Found Poetry Project and Rubric